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Guest Post: Nomadic Samuel Photo Essay of South Korea

Nomadic Samuel is an amazing photographer. These are just some of his photos from his time living and teaching English in South Korea.

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Nomadic Samuel is one talented and amazing photographer and we LOVE all of his stuff. We have actually been waiting ages to get a guest post and photo essay from him and are really stoked to be sharing it with you now! We hope you love his portrait photos as much as we do.

A smiling Korean performer delights the onlooking crowd with his spectacular acrobatics in a traditional performance at the Korean Folk Village in Yongin - South Korea.

(A smiling Korean performer delights the onlooking crowd with his spectacular acrobatics in a traditional performance at the Korean Folk Village in Yongin – South Korea.)

South Korea is a destination that offers visitors a stark contrast between old and new & traditional and modern with a cultural that is quickly embracing values of the West while firmly grasping onto traditional customs. Although it is not necessarily a ‘backpacker’ friendly destination due to a higher standard of living and inflation when compared to other nations in Asia, it still is a county that offers plenty of value for those diligent enough to visit.

The following photo essay is a series of photos taken in Seoul, Incheon and Yongin that capture candid moments from the streets, performances at the Korean Folk Village and traditional culture at the Gyeongokgung National Palace. The shots are exclusively shots of individuals as candid portraits. My hope is that these photos will inspire others to visit Korea and create their own adventures in a land once referred to as the Hermit Kingdom.

A traditional Korean performer wearing a folk mask performs slow, deliberate movements just outside of Gyeongbokgung Palace - Seoul, South Korea.

(A traditional Korean performer wearing a folk mask performs slow, deliberate movements just outside of Gyeongbokgung Palace – Seoul, South Korea.)

Two Korean students enjoy a street side snack along the bustling Insadong district area - one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Seoul, South Korea.

(Two Korean students enjoy a street side snack along the bustling Insadong district area – one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Seoul, South Korea.)

A boy blissfully chases after the horse he was riding moments before while flashing an authentic smile.  The equestrian performance at the Korean Folk Village was the most popular and entertaining show of the day.

(A boy blissfully chases after the horse he was riding moments before while flashing an authentic smile. The equestrian performance at the Korean Folk Village was the most popular and entertaining show of the day.)

As a travel photography tip, one should consider carrying a lens that has telephoto capabilities and setting their camera for a fast shutter speed in order to capture motion shots like this without the photo looking blurry and out of focus.

A girl enjoys a bite out of an ice cream cone offered by Dad as they wander along the hectic Insadong avenue located in Seoul, South Korea.

(A girl enjoys a bite out of an ice cream cone offered by Dad as they wander along the hectic Insadong avenue located in Seoul, South Korea.)

This Korean man stands tall and stoic as he prepares to conduct a changing of the Guard ceremony in front of a large audience at Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea.

(This Korean man stands tall and stoic as he prepares to conduct a changing of the Guard ceremony in front of a large audience at Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea.)

A cute Korean girl grasps ahold of her mother's arm at a subway station stop in Seoul, South Korea.

(A cute Korean girl grasps ahold of her mother’s arm at a subway station stop in Seoul, South Korea.)

An elderly lady crouches down on quiet street located in Incheon, South Korea.

(An elderly lady crouches down on quiet street located in Incheon, South Korea.)

A Korean begger scrapes along the pavement wearing a special outfit that appears to be made out of rubber as he plays music from his system and collects donations in the red basket along Insadong Avenue located in Seoul, South Korea.

(A Korean begger scrapes along the pavement wearing a special outfit that appears to be made out of rubber as he plays music from his system and collects donations in the red basket along Insadong Avenue located in Seoul, South Korea.)

As a travel photography tutorial, it’s best to take candid shots like these (which can be considered delicate situations) using live view which allows one to capture the moment without being intrusive in a situation that is clearly sensitive.

A Korean traffic attendant motions with her left arm for vehicles to stop in order for a group of students to cross this busy intersection located in Incheon, South Korea.

A Korean traffic attendant motions with her left arm for vehicles to stop in order for a group of students to cross this busy intersection located in Incheon, South Korea.

Samuel Jeffery is the wizard behind the curtain pulling the strings of Nomadic Samuel – Travel Blog – a travel site featuring photos, videos & quirky travel stories along with photography tips, interviews, esl tips, reviews and general travel advice.

Additionally aside from Samuel’s travel blog, he also runs other travel related sites: Smiling Faces Travel Photos, Travel Photography Tips, Teach English Abroad Travel Overseas & How To Make Money Travel Blogging. Get in touch with Samuel by following him on his Facebook Fan Page, Twitter, Stumble Upon, Youtube & Google +.

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Outdoor Activities in Bangkok – Adventure City Guide

Find out how you can explore the streets, canals and local markets within minutes of Bangkok with our Outdoor Activities in Bangkok Adventure City Guide.

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Outdoor Activities in Bangkok - The Klongs

Are you looking for an insider’s adventure travel guide for the best outdoor activities in Bangkok?

As part of our Adventure City Guide series, Ian from Where Sidewalks End shares his expert insider tips on the top adventure and outdoor activities to do in Bangkok.

Outdoor Activities in Bangkok - Adventure City Guide

Outdoor Activities in Bangkok – Adventure City Guide – Photo by Evoflash

Why visit Bangkok for adventure?

Bangkok is one of the world’s largest metropolises and a gateway for most of the world to access the rest of South East Asia. With numbers surpassing 14 million people in the Greater Bangkok Region, this is no small player in the world’s super-cities. Of course, having such a long history with foreign visitors, the city has become incredibly established in the world’s tourist sector.

This has allowed it to grow many facets of adventurous activities – making access to something for everyone!

Outdoor Activities in Bangkok

Exploring the Klongs

Outdoor Activities in Bangkok - The Klongs

Outdoor Activities in Bangkok – The Klongs

Klongs are canals that used to feed the entire city with life-giving water, branched off from the city’s main artery – the Chao Phraya River. Today, the locals wouldn’t drink the water if you paid them, but there is still a fascinating life along the Klongs’ banks. There is so much to explore, from floating markets to old houses on stilts, and it gives insight into this ancient way of life!

What’s it cost, and how to get to the Klongs?

You can usually arrange the Klongs from the pier “Saphan Taksin” along the Chao Phraya River. This is conveniently a stop on the Skytrain, making it very easy to access. Usually, you will be renting the entire boat for the day (about 1000 THB, or USD 35) and not paying a per-person rate. So if you can find a few people to go with, the price will drop significantly per person.

Rickshaw City Tours

If you’ve never been to Asia before, Rickshaws are one of the most fun ways to get around. Although they can often be a little more expensive than metered taxis, you get an experience (and a view) that is unparalleled, especially in the busy streets of Bangkok.

What’s it cost?

Occasionally, you can even haggle a deal for a city tour for next to nothing (50-100 THB or $1.50-3 USD), as long as you visit a couple of affiliated ‘custom suit tailors’ throughout the day, as they’ll get a kickback from the shops just for bringing you there… No purchase is necessary.

You can often find Tuk Tuk drivers willing to do this standing along the perimeter of the Kings’ Palace. It may take a few attempts of asking for a ‘special city tour,’ but you will be bound to find someone ready for a cut of this business.

Outdoor Activities in Bangkok - Rickshaw Tours

Outdoor Activities in Bangkok – Rickshaw Tours

Local Secret Spot

Chatuchak Market

Though most people wouldn’t consider going to a market an adventure, they probably have never experienced the likes of Chatuchak (also known as JJs). This is one of SE Asia’s LARGEST outdoor markets. It’s so prominent that you can find maps of the market to help navigate. It’s roughly the size of 4 city blocks and is divided into various sections.

You’ll find everything under the sun here, from clothing to handicrafts, food, mobile phones, and even puppies and other cute critters for sale!! It’s bonkers. If it gets too much for you, you can take a break in one of Bangkok’s most famous parks (Chatuchak park), located next to the market.

How to get there?

You can get here via Skytrain (BTS), subway (MRT), taxi, bus, you name it – it’s very accessible! But it’s only open on weekends, from about dawn until 5 or 6 pm at its peak. Some shops stay open longer, but most will be closed by dusk. It’s free entry and a perfect place to buy ANY souvenirs at the end of your time in Thailand.

Suppose you can coordinate to be here on the weekend. I generally hate shopping for ‘stuff,’ but I love this market and its energy!

Outdoor Activities in Bangkok - Chatuchak Markets

Outdoor Activities in Bangkok – Chatuchak Markets

Best time of the year to visit Bangkok for adventure?

Bangkok is in the tropics and quite close to the Equator. Of course, this means it’s hot on a year-round basis.

It’s considered the rainy season from May to October, though showers can happen at any time of the year. This is generally a less busy time for tourists, though the rains are not quite as bad as expected and often only last 30 mins-1 hour, cooling the city’s heart. Peak season is in December-January when temperatures are at their most astounding ad driest… though it’s still pretty hot!

And if Bangkok isn’t to your taste, the luxury Koh Samui will be. Endless sandy beach, beautiful clear waters, and nightlife that could be lived in forever. The luxury rental properties are stunning, and we recommend Tempston Luxury villa rentals.

Finally, the reason I love Bangkok for adventure is that…

It’s never-ending. This city is SO BIG that you could get lost in a new neighborhood almost every day. Single. Day. And still find new, exciting things to explore. On my list for the upcoming weeks, I’ve got the Scala Cinema, the Thai Air Force Museum, Papaya Vintage Shop, and the Erawan Museum – to name a few. Every time I explore one place, I learn of 3 more!!

BIO:

From a young age, Ian was always a wanderer. He’s since travelled to all 7 continents, and has spent the majority of his life pursuing this passion. You can follow him in his off-the-beaten-path adventures and discoveries on TwitterFacebook, Google+ and his travel blog Where Sidewalks End.

Have you been to Bangkok? What were your favorite outdoor activities in Bangkok?

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Gözleme – Eating traditional Turkish food

Looking for a mouthgasm and want to try traditional Turkish food? Look no further than Gözleme. A thin pastry outer shell with savoury inner goodness.

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Gözleme traditional Turkish Food

Traditional Turkish food. It makes me drool just thinking about it. Turkish delight, Kebabs (not the greasy fat dripping kebabs at 3 am that are half squished into your pillow the following day after a heavy drinking session kebab), and Gözleme.

Oh, Gözleme, how I miss you.

Gözleme traditional Turkish Food

I was crunching through your thin pastry outer shell to discover the savory inner goodness. Who would have thought something so simple would equate to such a taste explosion.

Cue mouthgasm.

What are Gözleme

The name, Gözleme, derives from the Turkish word göz, meaning eye. And when you cook the pastry, tiny brown spots dot the outer layer, apparently resembling eyes. Or so we were led to believe.

To cook them traditionally takes quite a lot of skill, and while my cooking abilities with a rolling pin are half decent, I don’t think I could master this pastry rolling out process.

Gözleme traditional Turkish Food

While at the local markets in Fethiye, we sat down for an afternoon snack at the Gözleme stall. There is something hypnotic about watching the older Turkish women work away like mad over the sizeable circular cooking stone. They had it down to a fine art.

When the fresh ball of pastry is rolled out to resemble a crepe or pancake, it is thrown over the hot baking girdle. Handfuls of spinach and feta, mince and potatoes, or even sweet Nutella are spread across half the Gözleme.

Folding the sides up to cover the delicious fillings, the pastry is flipped over to cook evenly.

Gözleme traditional Turkish Food

You have a super cheap mouth-watering snack that oozes the sweet and savory mix inside. Divine.

Plus, you can pick it up with your hands and devour it.

Since Gözleme has become so popular with tourists, they are no longer just a local market delicacy. We even saw them in most of the restaurants in Istanbul. Although for about five times the price.

No matter where you are in Turkey, Gözleme is a must-try for anyone wanting to experience traditional Turkish food. And bring one back to me!

Have you been to Turkey? What’s your favorite traditional Turkish food?

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Devouring seafood at the Fethiye Fish Market

The Fethiye fish market is the place where you will find the best restaurants in Fethiye. As well as the tastiest, freshest and cheapest seafood too.

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Restaurants in Fethiye

Seafood and local markets. Two things that we love to devour and explore when we are traveling. Combine the two into one evening at the Fethiye Fish Market, and you have us salivating at the very thought.

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Eating at the Fethiye Fish Market

While we were in Turkey last year for ANZAC Day and our epic Busabout Sail Turkey cruise, we found one of the best restaurants we have ever been to.

We are always on the lookout for excellent food when we travel. And when a recommendation is handed to you from a local at your accommodation, you should listen. Our Fethiye Guesthouse hostel told us that the freshest, tastiest, and cheapest seafood in Fethiye was to be found at the local Fethiye fish market.

We didn’t need much convincing.

Fethiye Fish Markets

We were ready for a giant meal after a crazy and unique Hamam Turkish bath with semi-naked Turkish men.

But finding the local fish markets in Fethiye is just the beginning.

Walking the streets of Fethiye, you wouldn’t realize that tucked away in one of the squares is a fish market. From the outside, the square looks like a regular block of shops. Jewelers, tour companies, and local supermarkets sit side-by-side, hiding the gem inside.

It isn’t until you walk through one of the four arched entrances into the open-aired courtyard that the Fethiye fish market is revealed in all its glory.

Restaurants in Fethiye

Fethiye Fish Market

As you step from under the awnings, your mind begins to piece together the scene in front of your eyes.

Surrounding the square are tables covered with white linen and sparkling dinner sets—each lit from above with paper lanterns.

In the middle of the square sits a brightly lit stand with local fishers jostling together, selling their fresh bounty from that day’s expedition on the Aegean Sea. Each fisher takes up a small shelf of shaved ice piled high with squid, fish, mussels, and prawns.

Fethiye Restaurants

The seafood stand in the middle is where all the action is.

Seeing the confusion spreading across our faces, we were approached by one of the English-speaking waiters. He quickly explained that we were to select and pay for our dinner from any fishermen. They would prepare our seafood to our liking, whether prawns with shells off, chopped calamari, or whole snapper.

We would then bring our bounty in plastic bags back to the restaurant of our choice, where for a measly 6 – 8 Turkish Lira (US$4 – 5), they would cook our seafood. Included in the price was all-you-can-eat salad and bread—a bargain.

Restaurants in Fethiye, Fethiye Fish Market, Fethiye Restaurants, Trip Advisor Fethiye

Strolling around the stand several times, we were waved in with friendly smiles and broken English.

While the fishers were all competing, they were all friends. The mixed banter between them as they enticed us to their stalls was good-natured, and there was a lot of it.

With so many options, it was hard to decide on what we wanted to eat. But as a sucker for calamari, that was immediately diced and thrown into our bag. As well as king prawns, a side of quickly filleted fish, and a couple of pieces of tender salmon.

Restaurants in Fethiye

Handing our bags of fresh seafood over to our waiter, we began downing the local Turkish beer, Efes, and watching as other locals and tourists joined the crowds in the square.

It wasn’t long before we were tucking into our meals. Each plate was perfectly cooked to our specific liking. Each morsel is as succulent as the next. And with 8 of us in our group, there was a lot of sharing and mixing of meals as we all wanted to try what others had.

The Fethiye fish market was the perfect way to finish another incredible day in Fethiye.

What do you think of the Fethiye fish market? Sound amazing?!

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